Happy 2014 everyone!!

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It’s been a lil bit since my last post. The lead up to Christmas was pretty busy at work and then of course the holiday itself was pretty hectic. I ended up ringing in the new year at home suffering from the flu. So writing had been put on the back burner.

Christmas was great this year, I was spoiled yet again. The GF bought me a drawing course I wanted to take and all the necessary supplies needed for the class. Definitely one of the most thoughtful gifts I have ever received (which is hard to do seeing as every year she gets me a very thoughtful gift). We spent the morning together at home and had a wonderful brunch, then spent the day with her family. Her nephew celebrated his first Christmas which was adorable(babies and wrapping paper = cuteness overload).

My Christmas came out pretty awesome, although my experience with the reddit gift exchange hasn’t been as awesome as I hoped. My original Secret Santa missed the shipping deadline and has messaged me a few times to tell me that they keep on intending to ship my gift but still haven’t followed through, which has been frustrating. Rather than continue to wait on them to follow through, I signed up to be rematched with another exchanger. My rematch seems less flaky and pretty excited to participate in the exchange, so hopefully I see some positive results. The girlfriend took part as well and received her gift on NYE. It came from Japan and was a nice assortment of Japanese candies. I’ll admit I was a tad jealous.

Otherwise NYE was pretty much a bust for me. The flu bug hit me pretty hard on Monday and has kept me down and out for most of the week. It was pretty bad for awhile and I was concerned I’d need to visit the ER due to a fever I just couldn’t shake. Fortunately the fever broke and I’ve been on the slow road to recovery, though I’m still not fit to return to work. Haven’t been this sick since I caught H1N1 back in 2009 which was brutal.

Anyway this year may have started on a shitty note but 2014 has a lot in store for me. I started off the year with some savings for the first time in forever. I’ve got a good job, and I’m hoping to take big steps forward in my education. My optimism for my future is pretty high for once and I’m in a position to start the year off strong. I have little doubt that I can obtain the goals I have set for myself.

So happy 2014 everyone. I hope that you all reach whatever goals you have set for yourself no matter how insignificant they may be.

Mike

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Feeling the Christmas spirit.

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HO HO HO!!

Love my hat? It certainly is an awesome hat. I feel like Santa Dork. But I’ll admit I have been wearing it for 3 days. :p

December has been one busy month for me so far. Work has been crazy, but I’m hitting the final stretch of the busy period as we get closer to Christmas.

I have a large family so every year I’ve always tried to be a generous guy in spirit and in giving. But with my plan to further my schooling, this Christmas I’ve had to tighten the purse strings. Though I did make sure to get something for my sisters, grandma, mom and girlfriend. I also signed up for the Reddit Secret Santa Gift exchange this year. Which so far has been an exciting and fun experience.

My match was a fellow Canadian from Montreal who was a lot like me. Since we are both aspiring designers and Star Wars fans, I sent them the Star Wars Concept Art book. I saw a lot of the actual art at the Star Wars experience exhibit a few months back. So I was excited to share this fabulous experience with giftee. My match already received their gift and they loved it. The reaction from them over what I sent was better then I expected, seeing as we are complete strangers. It certainly made my day.

While I haven’t received my gift yet, though there’s still time before the deadline passes. I’m excited to see what my match sends me and hope it’s well though out. Over all my experience so far has been quite awesome and I’ll definitely be taking part in it again next year.

Otherwise I’m not sure how often I’ll post until the Christmas rush is over. I’ve still got some shopping to finish. I get 2 days off for the holidays so I am hoping to blog Christmas Day (Expect plenty of gift/food photos). Until then I hope everyone has a safe, happy and meaningful holiday season.

Mike